Jamie and Jancis met in nursing school. Their first conversation was about the hit television show Gossip Girl, they quickly became classmate friends. As they soon discovered, they had numerous shared interests – between WVU tailgates and studying together for endless hours, they were always side by side. Jamie proposed last spring by setting up an Easter egg hunt which had a surprise proposal as the final prize!
Last year I had the opportunity to go up to Flat Top Lake to check out their wedding venue for the first time and take some engagement photos for this gorgeous, sweet couple. It was so nice to be back there again, the refreshing breeze across the lake and the canopy of trees provided us with a cool reprieve from the summer sun. We returned to the dock of Jamie’s family boat house for their first look where I found Jamie getting a little teary eyed before he even laid eyes on his beautiful bride. Jamie and Jancis are absolutely made for each other, the tears of happiness were streaming all day – from them, to their families, to my muffled sniffles from behind the camera, they’re just so damn cute!
For Jancis’ “something borrowed,” she wore the pearl necklace that her mother wore on her wedding day as well as her mother’s diamond earrings. For her “something new,” she wore a beautiful lace BHLDN bracelet that her mother bought her. Her “something blue” was a garter crocheted by her sister (who also made the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil). Their “something old” was their cake server which was from the bride’s parent’s wedding. A couple more sentimental details that Jancis pulled into her wedding day was wearing her grandmother’s watch and her grandfather’s class ring which was tied to the handle of her bouquet.
I was slightly obsessed with Jancis and Jamie’s wedding reception décor – wooden farm style dining tables with Chiavari chairs, mix and match china at each place setting, pieces of vintage furniture, and tons of flowers, greenery, and succulents. Speaking of beautiful woodwork, check out the wedding altar that the bride’s father built and the gorgeous garland on it handmade by the bride’s mother, what a talented family!
The sweet ceremony (where I cried some more happiness tears) was followed by a killer celebration. We dined on amazing food from Pumpernickel Pickle, which I devoured before I even had a chance to photograph it. Guests enjoyed dancing their butts off to some really great tunes courtesy of Top Notch Events. I tried my first “West Virginia hot dog” which is a pastry kind of like an éclair from Spring Hill Bakery and it was INCREDIBLE, highly recommend. By the end of the night we were all wearing a lifetime supply of glow sticks, we ventured out to an open field for their send-off of fireworks and a paper lantern release.
Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Flat Top Lake, Ghent, West Virginia
Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Washington, DC
Florist: Bride’s Mother, Natalie Durney
Officiant: Judge Joanna Tabit, Charleston, WV; Deacon Raymond Godwin, Elkins, WV
Hair: Kaylee Graves, Innovations Salon and Day Spa, Blacksburg, VA
Makeup: Kearston French, Bluefield, VA
Wedding Cake: Bride’s Mother, Natalie Durney
Pastries: Spring Hill Bakery, Charleston, WV and Jennah Durney, Bride’s Sister
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle, Salem, VA
Wedding Planner: Andrea Ferris, Roanoke, VA
Bride’s Wedding Band and Engagement Ring: John Cooke Jeweler’s, Charleston, WV
Groom’s Wedding Band: His late grandfather’s
Ceremony Music and Wedding Favors: Daryl Shawn, Pittsburgh, PA
DJ: Top Notch Events, Charleston, WV
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal, Pittsburgh, PA
Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Appalachique Jewelry by Aubrey Hostler
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Joesph A Banks, Morgantown, WV
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: Classy Limousine, Ashland, KY
Table Numbers: Carolyn Etherington
Table and Tent Rentals: Aztec Rental, Salem, VA
Beer: Big Timber Brewing, Elkins, WV
Restroom Trailer Rental: Tidy Inc, Salem, VA
Check out Jancis + Jamie's Flat Top Lake Engagement Photos too!